Jimmy O. Yang Says There’s No Stand-up Comedy In China

Jimmy O. Yang Says There’s No Stand-up Comedy In China


>>Stephen: OH, HEY,
EVERYBODY! WELCOME BACK, FOLKS. MY NEXT GUEST IS A COMEDIAN AND
ACTOR YOU KNOW AS JIN YANG ON “SILICON VALLEY.” PLEASE WELCOME JIMMY O. YANG! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: I GOTTA GET ME ONE OF THOSE. THAT’S A SWEET LINING. GOTTA REPRESENT. HEY, I LOVE “SILICON VALLEY.” IT’S A REALLY FUNNY SHOW. THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR WOULD
T.J. MILLER. YOUR CHARACTER IS RUNNING THE
INCUBATOR NOW THAT HE USED TO RUN. DID YOU FORCE HIM OUT?>>NO, I DIDN’T. MAYBE. I DON’T KNOW. I CAN’T TALK ABOUT IT. YOU KNOW, HE MIGHT JUST POP UP
ANYWHERE. I DON’T KNOW.>>Stephen: HE’S AN ODD
CHARACTER.>>T.J. IS ACTUALLY A GREAT
FRIEND AND WE HAVE SUCH GREAT CHEMISTRY ON THE SHOW. I WAS REALLY SAD WHEN HE CALLED
ME ONE NIGHT AND SAID, “I’M NOT GOING TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR.” I WAS SAID AND WORRIED. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT MY CHARACTER
WAS GOING TO DO WITHOUT EHRLICH. BUT IT WAS A BLESSI BLESSING IN
DISGUISE. I TAKE OVER SOME OF HIS
INCUBATOR, AND I TAKE OVER ( BLEEP )– CAN I SAY THAT ON
THE SHOW?>>Stephen: NO, NOT REALLY,
NOT REALLY, BUT IT’S FINE.>>WE’LL FIGURE IT OUT.>>Stephen: YOU WORK ON HBO. I WORK ON CBS.>>OH! THAT’S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.>>Stephen: THIS IS YOUR FIRST
TIME YOU HAVE EVER BEEN ON A TALK SHOW, ISN’T IT?>>YES, DISTAND-UP ONCE ON
ARSENIO HALL YEARS AGO, BUT THIS IS MY FIRST TIME ON THE COACH.>>Stephen: WELCOME, WELCOME. ( APPLAUSE )
I THINK WE HAVE A CLIP OF YOU ASSERTING YOUR NEW AUTHORITY AS
HEAD OF THE INCUBATOR. WHAT’S GOING ON IN THIS, DO YOU
KNOW?>>I HAVE TO TAKE OVER THE
INCUBATOR, AND IN ORDER TO DO, THAT I HAVE TO PROVE THAT
EHRLICH BACHMANN IS DEAD, AND THIS IS MY TRYING TO PROVE THAT
HE’S DEAD.>>Stephen: OKAY. COMEDY.>>I NEED TO PROVE EHRLICH IS
DEAD, SO I WANT TO SHIP A DEAD BODY FROM CHINA, BUT IT’S HARD
TO FIND A WHITE BODY IN CHINA, ESPECIALLY FAT LIKE ERIC. SO I BUY A FAT WHITE CADAVER
FROM CINCINNATI MEDICAL SCHOOL. BUT TO SHIP IT TO CHINA, THEY
SHIP A BOX, THEY SHIP BACK, IT’S WAY TOO MUCH MONEY. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: HE’S GOT A PLAN. HE’S GOT A PLAN AT LEAST.>>YEAH, IT’S A MAN WITH A PLAN. AND THOMAS, GREAT ACTOR, BUT
KEEPS CRACK UP WHEN I SAY, “CINCINNATI MEDICAL SCHOOL” FOR
SOME REASON. THAT TOOK ABOUT 40 TAKES.>>Stephen: YOU HAVE A NEW
BOOK. IT’S CALLED “HOW TO AMERICAN.” IT’S AN IMMIGRANT’S GUIDE. HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU CAME
TO THE UNITED STATES?>>I WAS 13 YEARS OLD. I CAME HERE FROM HONG KONG.>>Stephen: HONG KONG, OKAY. SO WHAT WERE SOME OF THE HARDEST
PARTS OF AMERICAN-ING. DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?>>I DO NOW. BUT THERE WAS —
>>QUITE WELL, QUITE WELL.>>YEAH, I TRY.>>Stephen: WHEN YOU FIRST GOT
HERE?>>WHEN I FIRST GOT HERE, I
LEARNED ENGLISH HOW AMERICAN KIDS WOULD LEARN SPANISH, LIKE
OPAPER. BUT IF YOU DUMP A 13-YEAR-OLD
KID IN AMERICA, THEY CAN’T SURVIVE. AND I BARELY NEW HOW TO SAY
“LIBRARY.” AND THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, I
REMEMBER JUST– THE SLANG. I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND THE SLANG. AND I GIRL CAME UP TO ME AND
SAID, ,” WHEN ASSUP?” THEY DIDN’T TEACH ME THAT IN
HONG KONG. I LOOKED UP FOR, LIKE, FIVE
SECONDS. AND I LOOKED DOWN. I WAS LIKE, “WHAT? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? WHAT’S UP THERE?”
FIRST PERIOD EVERYBODY STOOD UP AND PUT THEIR HAND ON THEIR
CHEST AND STARTING RECITING “THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.” THEY DIDN’T TEACH THAT YOU IN
HONG KONG.>>Stephen: THERE’S NO “PLEDGE
OF ALLEGIANCE” IN HONG KONG?>>NO. IT WAS SO INTERESTING. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THOSE WORDS
MEANT, EVEN. AND I JUST TRIED TO FOLLOW IT SO
I DIDN’T SEEM LIKE THE NEW FOREIGN KID WHO WAS WEIRD. I STOOD UP AND STARTED PLEDGING
ALLEGIANCE. IT WAS LIKE JOINING A CULT.>>Stephen: A LITTLE BIT, A
LITTLE BIT. YEAH. DO YOU– DO YOUR PARENTS– ARE
THEY HAPPY THAT YOU’RE A COMEDIAN?>>I DON’T THINK THEY GET IT. MY DAD STILL CALLS IT A “TALK
SHOW.” I GUESS I AM NOW FINALLY DOING A
TALK SHOW. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: SO HE THINKS THIS
IS WHAT YOU WERE GOING TO END UP DOOR, OR HE CALLS DOING STAND-UP
A TALK SHOW?>>HE CALLS DOING STAND-UP A
TALK SHOW. THERE WAS NO STAND UP IN CHINA. THE FIRST STAND-UP I SAW WAS ON
B.E.T.>>Stephen: NOT A LOT OF
CHINESE GUYS ON THAT.>>NOT AT ALL. BUT THEY TAUGHT ME SO MUCH ABOUT
CULTURE. I DIDN’T KNOW THERE WAS WHITE
PEOPLE DO THIS, BLACK PEOPLE DO THAT. IN CHINA, IT WAS ALL JUST
CHINESE PEOPLE. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: ARE YOU– ARE YOU SAYING THAT YOU CAN’T TELL
CHINESE PEOPLE APART? BECAUSE THAT’S KIND OF RACIST! THAT’S KIND OF RACIST JIMMY O. YANG. ( LAUGHTER )
OKAY, BUT SO NOW YOU’VE MADE IT. YOU’RE– YOU’RE EMPLOYED. HOW DID YOU GET THE JOB, BY THE
WAY, ON “SILICON VALLEY”?>>IT WAS PRETTY CRAZY. I GRADUATE U.C.S.B.– I’M NOT AS
FANCY AS YALE. ANGELA BASSETT MIGHT BE MORE
ASIAN THAN I AM.>>Stephen: WHY, BECAUSE THERE
ARE A LOT OF–>>I COULDN’T GET INTO YALE.>>Stephen: THERE ARE A LOT OF
ASIAN STUDENTS IN YALE.>>I AM A MEDIOCRE ASIAN AT
BEST. I COULDN’T GET INTO U.C.L.A., SO
I ENDED UP AT U.C. SAN DIEGO. I WAS AN ECONOMICS MAJOR. THAT WAS THE EASIEST MAJOR THAT
WOULD STILL PLEASE A FOREIGN PARENT. I COULDN’T CUT IT AS AN
ENGINEER. I WAS ABOUT TO GRADUATE, AND I
DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I WANTED TO DO. I JUST KNEW I DIDN’T WANT TO DO
ECONOMICS. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: THE ONE THING YOU
HAD BEEN STUDYING FOR FOUR YEARS.>>FIVE YEARS, IT TOOK ME FIVE
YEARS.>>Stephen: CONGRATULATIONS,
CONGRATULATIONS.>>LOWERING THE BAR.>>Stephen: JUST TELL YOUR
PARENTS YOU WERE INVITED BACK ANOTHER YEAR YOU WERE SO GOOD.>>YEAR, LIKE THE FIFTH SEASON
OF A SHOW. ( LAUGHTER )
SO WHEN I WAS GRADUATING, I WAS JUST TOTALLY LOST. AND MY COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
HAPPENED TO BE MIKE JUDGE. I HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW HE
GRADUATE AS A PHYSICS MAJOR AND HATED HIS JOB IN THE 80s IN
SILICON VALLEY AND ENDED UP IN COMEDY. I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS GOING TO GO
INTO ACTING. MIKE, WHO DIDN’T KNOW I WAS
SITTING IN THE AUDIENCE THAT DAY DURING HIS COMMENCEMENT SPEECH,
GAVE ME THE BREAK.>>Stephen: THAT’S A FULL
CIRCLE RIGHT THERE. NOW THAT YOU’RE ON THE SHOW, NOW
DO YOUR PARENTS GET IT? NOW DO THEY THINK YOU’RE FUNNY?>>NO. MY DAD WOULD SAY, “NO, NO,
YOU’RE NOT FUNNY.” ( LAUGHTER )
HE WILL GIVE IT UP. HE WILL BE LIKE, “I DON’T THINK
YOUR STAND-UP IS FUNNY BUT I THINK ‘SILICON VALLEY’ IS FUNNY
BECAUSE I THINK THE WRITING IS GOOD.”>>Stephen: GOT TO LOVE THEM.>>MY MOM DOESN’T GET IT AT ALL. THE FIRST TIME I SHOWED HER
“SILICON VALLEY,” SHE SAID, “JIMMY, HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE
TO TELL YOU DON’T HUNCH YOUR BACK.”>>Stephen: YOUR MOM IS
WORRIED ABOUT YOUR BACK?>>I SAID I’M PLAYING A
CHARACTER. AND SHE SAID PLAY SOMEONE WHO
DOESN’T HUNCH THEIR BACK.>>Stephen: NICE TO MEET YOU. “HOW TO AMERICAN” IS IN STORES
TODAY. JIMMY O. YANG, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A
PERFORMANCE BY JACK JOHNSON.

100 thoughts on “Jimmy O. Yang Says There’s No Stand-up Comedy In China

  1. My grandfather donated his body to the University of Cincinnati Medical School. I spit out my beer when I heard that line!

  2. Xiangsheng is two-people stand up comedy, originated from the end of Qing dynasty, and is now really popular in northern China among Chinese, guess no stand-up comedy in Cantonese area

  3. Excuse me, “No stand-up comedy in China”? That’s so not true! There IS standup comedy in China. It’s called 相声“Xiangsheng”. It is very popular especially in Northern China.

  4. Can’t agree. Actually crosstalk comedy has been popular amongst Chinese people for generations, known as “Xiangsheng”. It can be a monologue by a solo performer, a duo dialogue between two performers, or a group act by multiple performers (at least three)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiangsheng

  5. There are lots of stand up comedians in China, he’s completely wrong on that. Don’t say shit that you don’t know about. Especially on tv when America people already don’t know shit about China.🤷‍♂️

  6. can Stephen retire and let Jimmy be the host? Stephen is just so unprofessional, he made the whole interview sounds awkward but Jimmy handled it great

  7. Really? Didn’t watch the video, but hope the title is a joke. THERE is stand up comedy in China! Maybe not in HongKong but certainly in other parts of China!

  8. Well, I'm no Chinese but in fact, China has a long history of repressing Mongolians and other minorities and it's ON-GOING. (Look what they're doing in HK right now.) Also, most Chinese will deny this because they're so brainwashed 😛

  9. I usually love watching colbert (at least his own segments), but man this was painful~ jimmy killed with line after line but colbert gave like one word answers and moved on (not to mention the abrupt ending), yikes. Probs to jimmy for keeping up the energy throughout, loved it!!

  10. I came from Hong Kong too! But was turning 9 when I came to America. This is the first time I've seen Jimmy outside of Silicon Valley. His American accent is pretty good haha

  11. It's not like joining a cult when people you don't know the people who are in the cult died for you to be able to say such stupid things even as a comedian. Ill still defend your right to say it though, Also defend my own right to think it's completely ridiculous and not funny at all the only thing funny on that stage is the host and not in the haha funny way in the I smell something funny way

  12. He is an ignorant HKer, there are many very successful standup comedy shows in China. But usually we have two bros stand up in a show.

  13. He looks like Dave Kim from " The Goldberg's " … I actually had 2 look it up 2 see if he is the actor that plays him but its crazy that he actually looks nothing like the actor that plays Dave Kim but yet looks like Dave Kim 😕 it's a Tripp 😄…. I just discovered him on YouTube and he his hilarious .

  14. I'm Asian and I can relate to the last part. All parents care about is for us to become successful the way THEY want to. 😅

  15. I absolutely loved this episode. But I have to be honest Republicans,,, I say this about ALL of Stephen’s skits.. Colbert 2020!!!! 😂😂☺️

  16. He was in British controlled Hong Kong until he was 13 and could not speak English? is he taking the piss or what.

  17. Jimmy is funny…as an Amercian. It is easy to figure out if there is Stand-up Comedy in China. Just search in Chinese “脱口秀” Here is a random clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPvZgp5FM2c

  18. Jimmy could be Jai from India, Jayesh from Sri Lanka or Javed from Pakistan and yet the parents approach and attitude would be the same.

  19. CBS cut hard when Jimmy Yang flashed that coat liner American flag. I guess they don't want their audience to mistake their network as being "pro America".

  20. What!!??? an Asian communist loves America and its "capitalistic" opportunities!! my gosh, what would Sal Alinsky say!! so disappointed in my communist puppet Colbert

  21. Jeez. Stephen butchers the pronunciation of his name, and the wrote the description of the video spelled it wrong. Jimmy can make a whole bit just out of that.

  22. Jimmy is from Hong Kong, he has that Bruce Lee’ish charisma energy to him, but his parents are from China. So he’s like a hybrid. To me, he’s just an American like me. We love America and stand up for everything American, but we embrace our heritage.

  23. This explains a lot! When I learnt Chinese I couldn't understand why the word for stand up comedy was 脱口秀 which is the phonetic version in Chinese of 'talk show'. So in China I guess Chris Rock = David Letterman…??

  24. He came here around same time I did and his English is better than mine 😂. Pledge of allegiance to the flag felt weird in school, I looked at it growing up as a thanks for being awesome, America 😂

  25. ughhh…. why is Stephen being so weirdddd?!! hahahaaha! I feel like he couldn't understand his sense of humor and tried to make Jimmy look not funny when he's hilarious.

  26. In China we have the Xiangsheng相声 stand up comedy for a loooong time. No racism, no sexual content, but hilarious! Unfortunately can't find any 相声 in english 🙁

  27. There are no standup comedy in China
    There are no gays in Ireland
    There are no lifes on the moon
    (You're welcome to continue this down here)

  28. Actually stand up/improv comedy has been around for at least hundreds if not thousands of years in China. My chinese friend said this is one of the biggest problems with West's attitude on China today. They are obsessed with the place but assume that they understand China by way of western media without any need to study or be genuinely interested. Fucked up.

  29. That is because CHINA does not have FREE SPEECH. so yea. REMEMBER: Obama sold the internet, and allowing china to make it more censored and
    now its spreading its Authoritarian rules across all the globe forcing
    American companies do "Censor" and take on Authoritarian policies to do
    business with China. From what I can see Obama really is to blame for
    china rising in power with the tech sectors. Obama never believed in
    Americans. this is what happens when companies grow plutocratic and
    sell our freedoms for a dollar. FREEDOM IS NOT FOR SALE!!!! COMPANIES
    THAT SELL OUR FREEDOMS ARE TRAITORS TO AMERICA. People in our history
    DIED for our country's freedoms…PEOPLE — AMERICAN SOLDIERS DIED SO WE
    CAN BE FREE!!! Stand tall against companies selling our freedoms to
    Authoritarian countries!!!

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